The first mobile missile complex RS -12[M]2 "Poplar-M" entered into th Teykovskaya division [RVSN], stationed in the Ivanovo province, reports ROSPROM. Prior to the end of the mobile "Topolya" (2006) the new generation will be wholly rearmed one of the regiments of the division. Within the next few years "Poplar-M" will appear also in other parts and connections [RVSN] in the mobile version. This new rocket will replace the rocket RS -12[m] "Topol", RS -18 in the arsenal of the strategic rocket forces, known under the NATO designation as Stiletto, RS -20 "Voevoda".
At present "Topolya" with monoblock head parts with power 550 kilotons. Subsequently their re-equipping by the divided head parts of individual guidance is possible. Each rocket will be able to bear up to three warheads.
With the "Poplar-M", because of the exceptionally rapid acceleration, the maneuvering head part and the presence on board the rocket of the means of breakthrough, it possesses high combat potential under development conditions in the territory of the USA and some of their allies of theantimissile system.
The new rocket preserves its potential even under the conditions of the first impact from the side of enemy - its electronic equipment is unreceptive to the electromagnetic pulse of a nuclear explosion.